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Juco DT Delva picks Oregon State

12/25/2012

Three-star junior college defensive tackle Edwin Delva (Lancaster, Calif./Antelope Valley College) played Santa Claus to the Oregon State faithful on Christmas.

Delva, who ranks as the nation's No. 51 junior college player, delivered a present to the Beavers in himself, as the highly touted, 6-foot-3, 275-pound tackle verbally committed to Oregon State via social media. He made the announcement via Twitter, then confirmed the announcement in a phone interview with ESPN.com.

Delva ultimately chose Oregon State over an offer from Kansas State, but he also had offers from Nebraska, Iowa State, Boise State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and a host of other schools. He was recruited to Oregon State by defensive line coach Joe Seumalo. Delva, a mid-year transfer, signed with the Beavers on Christmas.

“I thought about it two nights ago and slept on it,” said Delva, who visited the Oregon State campus and was hosted by defensive tackle Brandon Bennett-Jackson back in September. “I thought about the visit and how I liked the relationship with coaches and how I felt when I was there. I just felt right about my decision.”

Originally from North Miami Beach, Fla., Delva recorded 37 tackles and 3.5 sacks for Antelope Valley this past season. He’s expecting to be an impact player upon arrival and is excited about the possibilities of excelling in the Pac-12.

“They’ll be getting a very tough player,” Delva said. “I like to get after the quarterback and make a lot of plays.”